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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 29, 2008 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

I only have one artist to mention that I believe is putting out music as vital as they did at an earlier age, befitting the duration of the Dead, though admittedly without the size of catalogue.


That would be Peter Gabriel.

The man is still unflinching in his desire to produce music with no condescension.

I also like Todd Rundgren, but you all knew that.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 29, 2008 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

As an example of someone who hasn't just weathered the years but in many ways has matured and improved over time I'd suggest Jeff Beck. His playing can be astonishing - making it sound like he's chanelling dangerous energies through his guitar with complete assurance and total control.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 30, 2008 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

I'd add Tom Waits to the list of those who still do it right.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 30, 2008 6:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

that 80 year old stripper from Vegas that was on Inside Edition (or some such show) last night also apparently can still do it right. (with the help of a plethora of cosmetic surgery i would imagine)




was this supposed to be about music???

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 29, 2008 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

I totally agree re Gabriel.
New Gabriel tour coming - he's already got Mexico dates for March. And since Tony Levin not touring with Crimson this coming year, assume he's got him and Marotta back in the band.

Nice that JOTS gave a mention to Richard Thompson (I'm among that devoted niche)

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 29, 2008 2:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

And Nick Cave.

I just got the new David Byrne/Brian Eno... but I haven't listened to it yet...

What? Am I still the only TR head?

By the way... Valley Road... I just heard it from 12.30.90... BAD SONG!!!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 29, 2008 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

whilst not peers of the GD, certainly i'd add Sonic Youth to those artists who have maintained their musical integrity to a greater extent than most; i'd throw Patti Smith in that category as well, though i'm only familiar with her live stuff, and not any of her official releases post 'Wave'; and more aligned timewise with the GD, is Loudon Wainwright, great song-writer, great singer, always true to form, even if a few of his later era albums were a bit of a letdown (for me anyway), but i'm biased toward his Rounder years and prior

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2008-12-30 00:05:12

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 29, 2008 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

BTW, Happy 62nd to Ms. Smith today - and she's playing tonight.

While I LOVE Patti, the thing about her is that she, admirably in my opinion, took off many, many years from playing and releasing music to raise a family with her late husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith. Perhaps many others would still be around if they had taken a similar approach...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 29, 2008 4:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

it's a good point about Patti, and you have to respect her doing that, but really, it's not so surprising given her outlook and philosophy; another one, who was pretty bigtime, is Debbie Harry, taking time out from show biz to care for Chris Stein ... kinda threw her career off-track, but you gotta respect what she did; shame that there are many more examples of big media stars who thought more of their career than the one they were with

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 29, 2008 4:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

" By the way... Valley Road... I just heard it from 12.30.90... BAD SONG!!! "

That's a Hornsby tune and they only did it a few times I think. There's one guy I didn't give ANY credit to until he blew me away. I saw him and the range open for Fogerty ( he didnt do any CCR so he sucked too ). I liked the message of the way it is but the show was a SNORE fest. When I saw my first post Brent show ( 12-3-90 )I thought he was going to help turn the Dead into a yuppie Bonnie Raitt sort of band the way they ALL seem to go ( Clapton, Winwood, etc. ) but he kicked them up more than a notch on that grand piano. No question about it.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Dec 29, 2008 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

>>help turn the Dead into a yuppie Bonnie Raitt sort of band the way they ALL seem to go>>

Man I thought Bonnie Raitt played very well with the GD! I only saw her once or 2x at New Years one year. She seemed to have a heart playing slide.

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Dec 29, 2008 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

I held that same exact fear about Bruce, but was soon pleasantly surprised.Goes to show...

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 30, 2008 4:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Last GD album

I really liked Bruce and his addition to the band. I thought that the smartest thing they could have done would have been to augment Vinny's synth would have been to keep Bruce at the ivories. Not to be, however.

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